Katie is a native of Archbald, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1995 with degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Upon graduation, she began her career in the Federal Bureau of Prisons moving throughout the country and into positions of greater responsibilities during her 25 years. Katie retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons as the Deputy Director of the Staff Training Academy, at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia.
Her final position in the Bureau of Prisons in Georgia lead Katie and her husband Bill to Fernandina Beach, Florida. Having fallen in love with the community in Fernandina Beach, both Katie and Bill wanted to give back. Working with veterans through Cross the Line Foundation is rewarding and provides the value of service and the way to give back she was looking for upon retirement.